Huayna Picchu, Quechua for “Young Peak,” is one of Machu Picchu’s most renowned vistas, noted for its steep staircases known as the “Stairs of Death.” Huayna Picchu often called Wayna Picchu is one of two hilltop ranges that surround the Machu Picchu citadel.
As a result, it is a must-do for trekkers and thrill-seekers both who want to make their trip to Machu Picchu more exciting and unforgettable. To get the best view, read the following tips to plan your trip accordingly.
Climbing Huayna Picchu starts at the gate from the far end of the Machu Picchu citadel, adjacent to the sacred stone (Wank’a Quechua). You book the tickets and check in at the designated time before beginning your stroll along the trail. It starts off plain, but rapidly transitions to winding highs and lows over rough ground and lush greenery.
As you get closer to the peak, the trail becomes steeper with bends. You’ll almost certainly be walking along or close to other teams. So be kind on the path and allow others past you when they want to, or gently request to cross if you would like to go faster. After navigating the slopes, you’ll arrive at the famed stairwell.
Due to their stunning beautiful architecture, the “Death Steps” or “Stairway of Death” at Huayna Picchu merit its subsection. These high steps trace back to the 1400s and were erected by the Incas. But don’t let it discourage you. The Incas were experts in their architecture. They created splendor that is more sturdy than many current structures.
Looking up is scary, but gazing down is scarier, so maintain your eyes on the goal. Also, remember to use the rails and cables to constantly move ahead. If you get sick or need a breather, simply walk to one of the decks on the side and take a rest on flat ground.
You’ve made it over the hardest portion and arrived at the peak, where ruins begin to appear everywhere around you. This is an excellent opportunity to go exploring and take your initial shots. That’s also the point at which you must decide whether to proceed on the main trail or detour to the Temple of the Moon.
The second alternative adds 45 minutes to the overall time, but it is definitely worth watching. The purpose of this 1,500-year-old temple erected beneath caverns is unknown to modern historians, but it may have been utilized for ceremonies, tributes, or moon worshipping.
To get to this place, take the side path down and across the side of the hill, ultimately winding up to the primary path, which will lead one back towards the entryway.
If you stick to the main road, you may admire the sights from the “Crown of the Inca,” which offers a panoramic perspective of Machu Picchu. This stone structure is ideal for shooting photographs and admiring the natural features of the region.
The magnificent vistas of mountain peaks, antiquities, and the meandering river below will take your breath away. But don’t stay too long because the other trekkers will be following you and would only be able to go in one direction.
To avoid traffic gridlock, you must keep going. Go down a level under the “Throne” to start the descent from the viewpoint.